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Owens Corning reportedly began when an experiment with glass building blocks produced an unexpected result: it revealed a way to make glass fibers in commercial quantities. That discovery launched more than a new product; it set in motion a series of events that included the birth of a company that would develop new industries related to the production of fiber glass materials.
The first, historic step occurred on October 31, 1938, when Owens-Illinois and Corning Glass officially spun off and incorporated Owens-Corning Fiberglas, based in Toledo, Ohio.
On October 31, 2013, Owens Corning celebrated its 75th anniversary. It is reportedly one of only a few hundred U.S.-based companies that have reached this milestone.
Owens Corning’s world headquarters remains in Toledo, but its operations span the world. It is a leading global producer of residential and commercial building materials, including insulation and roofing shingles; glass-fiber reinforcements for products such as cars, boats, wind blades and smart phones; and engineered materials for composite systems.
“Our 75th anniversary provides a great opportunity to celebrate where we've been and who we are as a company, and get excited about our bright future,” said Mike Thaman, chairman and CEO. “What makes our employees most proud is that our products improve people’s lives. Homes and buildings are more energy efficient. Cars are lighter and conserve more fuel. Wind blades are longer and stronger. Our commitment to our customers is to enable them to deliver those solutions to worldwide markets.”
For more information, visit www.oc-75.com.